Superman Returns
3/4
poster

Details & Information from IMDB

Genre Action
Year 2006
Duration 154 min
Rating 7.0 out of 10
Description: After eliminating General Zod & the other Kryptonian arch-villains, Ursa & Non, Superman leaves Earth to try to find his former home world of Krypton after astronomers have supposedly found it. When he finds nothing but remnants, he returns home to Earth - to find out that Lois Lane is engaged to a relative of his boss, and that Lex Luthor is at it again - after swindling an elderly, terminally ill woman. The psychopathic Luthor, whose plans to destroy California failed because of Superman's heroics, vows vengeance against the Man of Steel and contrives a new sinister plot - using the crystals of Krypton to build a continent that will wipe out most of North America! Embedded in the continent's structure is Kryptonite - the lethal substance that is Superman's only weakness. Upon learning of Luthro's sinister scheme, Superman must again race against time to stop the psychopathic Luthor before millions - possibly billions - are killed.
Comments: The contrast between Superman on the big or small screen and Superman in the original comic books has always been too great for my liking. The main series of Superman films from the 1970s and 1980s (well the first two anyway) were good attempts, but still fell short of the comics in many ways. The latest opus in the genre doesn't seem to have learned much from the earlier entries in the catalogue.

My main problem with the film is that the characters are flat - there is little attempt to develop any of the main roles beyond cardboard cutouts. I found it impossible to really care what happened to anyone, since they didn't seem to care much themselves.

The other problem (as with the 1970s films) is that Luthor is still portrayed much as a villain from the 1960s Batman TV shows. He is supposed to be a cosmic genius, and yet he surrounds himself with henchmen that probably never went to high school. Luthor himself comes across as more of a comedian than an evil super-villain. I kept expecting a fight scene interspersed with frames saying BIFF! POW! ZAPP! As with any Superman film, the plot holes are large and numerous, but we tend to ignore those for the sake of the story. But please, movie people, let's try to put enough intelligence into the dialogue and characterization to give those of us who aren't sated entirely by dazzling special effects something to get our teeth into.